Troops rescue abducted women forcibly married off to Boko Haram fighters

Posted by News Express | 10 June 2016 | 2,124 times

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Troops of 26 Battalion, 151 Task Force Battalion, 155 Task Force Battalion and some elements of 21 Brigade carried out a joint clearance operations to destroy remnants of Boko Haram terrorists camps and enclaves in the early hours of Thursday in several villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

In a statement issued on Thursday by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the names of the villages were given as Kircha Goniye, Wujjah Alkelu, Kita Jiddum, Jameri, Geri Gana, Gere Kura and Jabe. Other villages cleared by the troops were Hasana Jere and Chachile.

“During the operation,” the statement said, “our troops came in contact with elements of the terrorist group during which two of the terrorists were killed. The troops further recovered five Dane guns, two mobile telephone handsets, three Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and a generator as well as several vehicles.”

In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison on blocking position were also said to have encountered a convoy of Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles  same day in which they killed one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered three motorcycles, one bag containing cash sum of  N466,000.00. In addition, the troops also rescued eight abducted persons made up of two women, two female teenagers, three male children and a minor who unfortunately sustained injury and is receiving treatment at the unit’s medical facility.

According to the Army spokesman, information gathered from the rescued persons revealed that they were abducted from Ngoshe Bara village, Gwoza Local Government Area by the terrorists and taken to Sambisa forest in 2015 and married off to Boko Haram terrorist group fighters. “They however, relocated to Lake Chad general area prior to their rescue by troops. Interestingly, one of the women, Fatima Mohammed already a mother of two children, lamented that her husband, Mallam Mustapha, a retired District Court Judge in Gwoza, was killed by the terrorists before her abduction. The rescued persons are further being screened to further ascertain their status.”

The spokesman further stated that as part of their contribution to the well being of the Internally Displaced Persons, 22 Brigade Field Ambulance has been carrying out medical outreach at the Dikwa Internally Displaced Persons Camp in which quite a number of persons benefitted from the exercise where they were diagnosed and treated for various ailments most if which ranged from various degrees of body wounds to trauma.

Some Boko Haram elements were said to have made an attempt to attack 122 Task Force Battalion locations at Yamteke from Galthani and Balangaje general area but they were successfully repelled as quite a number of the attackers were killed. Troops of 117 Task Force Battalion and 28 Task Force Brigade conveyed 40 Internally Displaced Persons from Madagali to Burnt Bricks IDP camp for proper rehabilitation after thorough screening and profiling.

“Similarly, early Wednesday morning troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, intercepted and rescued another 15 IDPs  suspected to have come from Madube. The IDPs Comprised of seven   women and eight children. All the rescued are being screened and profiled.

“On their part  7 Division   Garrison in conjunction with troops of 111 Special Forces Battalion and the Civilian JTF have been performing guard and escort duties of civilian vehicles traveling from Maiduguri to Damboa. This is in line with the ongoing efforts of reopening and securing Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road for innocent citizens and commuters. It is instructive to note that no fewer than 300 vehicles were escorted on daily basis by the units.  

“The units and the supporting elements of the Civilian JTF also escorts Non-Governmental Organizations to various parts of Borno State to provide humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons,” the statement read.

The troops were also said to have received 134 Internally Displaced Persons from Abadam which comprised of 38 male adults, 34 women and 62 children that arrived Njimtilo check point at the outskirt of Maiduguri.  The IDPs were thoroughly screened by the combined team of the Military Intelligence, Department of State Services, the Police and the Civilian JTF. They were later taken to an IDP camp for proper management and rehabilitation.

“The Nigerian Air Force has also continued to provide air reconnaissance and airlift of Commanders to visit troops.  In particular, the F-7 Fleet conducted armed reconnaissance over Maiduguri, Karetu and ether locations, while the Mi 17 airlifted the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division from Mubi to Bitta and back to Maiduguri.

“The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu has in addition also visited troops 28 Task Force Brigade and Emir of Mubi. Similarly, he visited troops of 114 Task Force Battalion and urged them to continue to uphold the uncommon courage and battle resilience which the Division was noted for. He also visited the troops of 117 Battalion as well as that of 115 Task Force Battalion and 7 Division Strike Forces in Chibok as well as 25 Task Force Brigade Headquarters. In all instances, he encouraged them to keep the Nigerian Army flag flying.” 

Photo shows Nigerian Army medical personnel attending to one of the rescued women . . . yesterday.


Source: News Express

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